Re-visiting the Views of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Voter Suppression
By Dennis Jamison —December 1, 2020
At the beginning of the year, I wrote an article entitled, “Vision from Martin Luther King, Jr. as Democrats Still Resist Voting Rights.” It is time to revisit some of what was shared in that article because Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. had to face off against the same political party denying blacks the right to vote in the Deep South that is attempting to steal the 2020 election right now. There was corruption at the core of the Democrat Party for 100 years, from the time of their defeat in the Civil War, and there is still corruption at the core of the Democrat Party.
In his day, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. witnessed the corruption of the ideals of the Founding Fathers in the network of the white power structure of the Democrat Party in the “Deep South.” Unfortunately, it was not limited to the “Deep South” because that network really existed all across the South, which was the power structure remaining of the old Confederacy, which was the 11 states that seceded from the United States to form their own government in order to protect the “peculiar institution” of slavery. After the Civil War, the Reconstruction was an attempt to bring the 11 states of the former Democrat-founded Confederacy back into the Union. It was done through a harsh and heavy-handed military occupation of 10n of the states. Tennessee was the state of the Vice President at the time, Andrew Johnson.
Reconstruction was ended through another corruption-wracked presidential election in which Republican Rutherford B. Hayes made a deal with Congressional Democrats to concede the presidency to him in exchange for an end of the Reconstruction. In 1876, that presidential election ended in a disputed election as well. The Democrat Samuel Tilden, of New York, ran against Hayes, and that election turned out to be one of the most hostile, controversial campaigns in American history. Because of the allegations of widespread election fraud, Congress established a special electoral commission in order to determine the winner,
Democrat Tilden had won the popular vote and appeared to have won the electoral college majority of votes, but there were 19 electoral votes from three Republican-controlled states (Louisiana, Florida, and South Carolina) that remained disputed. It was messy, but not as messy as the present mega-mess. Tilden, the Democrat had swept much of the South as well as his home state of New York and other major northern states. Hayes and the majority of his supporters were ready to concede, but a Republican leader from New Hampshire, William Chandler, pointed out that if Hayes were awarded every one of the disputed electoral votes, he could defeat Tilden with 185 votes to 184 votes.
In the end of the 1876 election nightmare, the Congressional electoral commission voted 8-7 along party lines to award all of the 19 disputed electoral college votes to Hayes, which made him POTUS. And despite the bitterness of the election, most of the southern Democrat leaders were delighted when newly “elected” President Hayes promptly honored the secret pledges made during the electoral dispute to withdraw federal troops from states and thus end the era of Reconstruction. From that point the white Democrat-controlled power structure was reconstructed. And, backroom deals led to the absolute control that the Democrat Party established in the “Solid South.”
It was this society that oppressed the Blacks in the south, not only through segregation and the Jim Crow laws, but also in voter suppression of the Black citizens. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. witnessed the corruption within the state governments under Democrat control from the days after the election of 1876 to the 1950s when blacks began to fight back. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. began to make waves in the South late in 1955 with the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott. That was the point when King began to emerge as a true leader. The initial intent of his boycott was to end discrimination against blacks on the public buses in Montgomery, Alabama.
Yet. on May 17, 1957, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. travelled to Washington, D.C. to give an important speech at the Lincoln Memorial. In 1957—several years before his “I have a Dream” speech as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. In 1957, King’s speech at the Lincoln Memorial was for the “Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom.” He addressed 25,000 civil-rights activists about restoring voting rights for the oppressed black population in the Democrat-controlled Deep South. King was speaking clearly about having the right to vote and the open resistance from southern Democrats to the implementation of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling.
One of his well articulated points was that “The denial of this sacred right is a tragic betrayal of the highest mandates of our democratic tradition. And so our most urgent request to the president of the United States and every member of Congress is to give us the right to vote.” He went on to emphatically state:
Give us the ballot, and we will no longer have to worry the federal government about our basic rights.
Give us the ballot, and we will no longer plead to the federal government for passage of an anti-lynching law; we will by the power of our vote write the law on the statute books of the South and bring an end to the dastardly acts of the hooded perpetrators of violence.
Give us the ballot, and we will transform the salient misdeeds of bloodthirsty mobs into the calculated good deeds of orderly citizens.
Give us the ballot, and we will fill our legislative halls with men of goodwill and send to the sacred halls of Congress, men who will not sign a ‘Southern Manifesto’ because of their devotion to the manifesto of justice.
Give us the ballot, and we will place judges on the benches of the South who will do justly and love mercy, and we will place at the head of the southern states governors who will, who have felt not only the tang of the human, but the glow of the Divine.
In 2020, King’s words still apply. However, if citizens’ votes have been negated in some kind of vicious charade of voting, then this can turn into a nightmare that would not end. If our federal elections have been so corrupted, there will no longer be a United States federal government to appeal to because the criminals will be in control of the federal government. The Democrat leaders along with the fakestream media have fomented fear of COVID, fear of Antifa and BLM thugs, and even fear of retribution—even physical harm for standing up for illuminating the fraud and theft surrounding an accurate vote count in the presidential election. Is this not the same efforts the Klan was making in the old South?
Six months after King gave that speech, on November, 17, 1957, he delivered a sermon at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church titled, “Loving Your Enemies.” Rev. Dr. King spoke eloquently about love. Yet, he offered his witness to the destructiveness of hatred:
There’s another reason why you should love your enemies, and that is because hate distorts the personality of the hater. We usually think of what hate does for the individual hated or the individuals hated or the groups hated. But it is even more tragic, it is even more ruinous and injurious to the individual who hates. You just begin hating somebody, and you will begin to do irrational things. You can’t see straight when you hate. You can’t walk straight when you hate. You can’t stand upright. Your vision is distorted.
There is nothing more tragic than to see an individual whose heart is filled with hate. He comes to the point that he becomes a pathological case. For the person who hates, you can stand up and see a person and that person can be beautiful, and you will call them ugly. For the person who hates, the beautiful becomes ugly and the ugly becomes beautiful. For the person who hates, the good becomes bad and the bad becomes good. For the person who hates, the true becomes false and the false becomes true. That’s what hate does. You can’t see right. The symbol of objectivity is lost. Hate destroys the very structure of the personality of the hater.
American citizens are currently witnessing a major meltdown of the “Democratic” Party, and the words of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. still ring true. Just as in the days of the Democrat oppression of the black citizens in the old Confederacy, American patriots are now the objects of disdain, hatred and intolerance. The corruption, fraud, and machinations to steal this election are the outcomes of that hatred. The hatred of Donald Trump and America will not end until good people with conservative principles and Judeo-Christian values unite to stop such actions that are un-American, unethical, and illegal. The culture of death and this systemic corruption must end.